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  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    I feel like this film will surprise some giant monster fans in just how well done it is. The musical numbers are well choreographed, the comedy is actually funny, sophisticated and well-timed (that probably has a lot to do with the cast) and they don’t rely on “blue comedy” to get laughs, unlike some modern films. For what it set out to do which is be a unique monster movie with a musical twist I feel like it succeeds.

  • King Kong Escapes

    King Kong Escapes

    It’s the same King Kong tropes that we know and love with a Toho and Tokusatsu twist.

    Big, fantastical characters, elaborate sets, and decent Kaiju battles thanks to the late great Nakajima. As always Takarata is the star of the show.

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  • Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato

    Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato

    This film can be summed up for me in two words, UNREALIZED POTENTIAL. I see the vision for what the film was supposed to be and wanted to represent, and I respect it for the risks that it took.

    But the combination of significantly low budget, unrefined CG, and less than stellar acting make this film, at times, tough to watch. I find the merging of Kaiju action and historical period drama interesting and I applaud director Shinpei Hayashiya for…

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Although many rank Terror of Mechagodzilla above this one, this ranks in the top 5 in my list of Godzilla films. The way fantasy, science fiction, spy genre, and historical and cultural significance all combine to create this film are both fun and interesting.

    After researching a little bit of the history between mainland Japan and Okinawa, I have a greater appreciation for what Fukuda was trying to accomplish with this one.

    The debut of Mechagodzilla is one of the…